If you enjoy visiting interesting cities and towns in Texas, Realtor Judi Wright offers three more suggestions for putting more enjoyment into your long weekend or a three-to-five day getaway.
Ms. Wright is pleased to share three more destinations that are accessible thanks to Dallas’ proximity to both expansive highways and endearing country roads that lead to appealing destinations.
The city of Mineral Wells
The city of Mineral Wells — an 80-mile drive from Dallas (1:25 driving time) — is famous for and derives its name from an abundance of local mineral springs. Legend has it that from the Civil War period to the early 1900’s, wounded soldiers visited this rustic town for the water after its “magically” high mineral content cured a woman of dementia. Although the hype was probably more potent than the H20 (which today is bottled and sold as “Crazy Water”), the local liquid did make people feel healthier. You can also visit the storied Baker Hotel, formerly a destination for the wealthy class members who decided they needed a “spa day”. Abandoned in the early-1950’s and allegedly haunted by ghosts, the property is being renovated as a resort and spa experience as a tribute to its past, and will offer 157 rooms and 11,000 square feet of retail and shopping space.
Information: www.mineralwellstx.gov (1-800 252-6989)
One of Texas’s many gifts to the world is the renowned novelist, essayist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, whose outstanding work includes novels such as The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove as well as the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. You can visit his hometown of Archer City – a 135-mile drive from Dallas (2:15 driving time) – and experience his huge book store (Booked Up), perusing the volumes and strolling the aisles filled with stories and information. Take a brisk walk around the town square, where you will see the movie theatre where much of the The Last Picture Show’s film adaptation was shot. The author grew up on a ranch outside Archer City, which is the model for the town of Thalia that appears in much of his fiction.
Information: www.visitarchercity.com (940 574-2557)
The city of Houston
If you’re of the cosmopolitan ilk and have your sights set on another large city in the Lone Star State, just take I-45 south for 240 miles (3:30 driving time) to Houston, the Texas’s most populous city and the nation’s fourth largest. Named for former General Sam Houston, the metropolis is renowned for its arts district that features the Museum of Fine Art, The Contemporary Art Museum, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts, and the Menil Collection featuring the Rothko Chapel. Because some folks’ consider food and beverage to be an art form, there are quite a few masterpieces to whet appetites, particularly Underbelly (considered the best restaurant in all of Texas) and The Anvil (widely regarded as the best bar in the South), respectively. You can also satisfy your own creative palate at Poison Girl or Neil’s Bahr (cocktails), Paulies (Italian cuisine), Niko Niko’s (Greek), Frenchy’s Chicken, and This Is It (barbecue and seafood).
the town of Thalia that appears in much of his fiction.
Information: www.houstontx.gov/visitors (713) 837-0311)
Realtor Judi Wright hopes that you will enjoy visiting some of these exciting destinations. Please feel free to Email Ms. Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home or selling your current property.